Ir­ish at EU’s mercy

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Letters -

Sir — Bren­dan O’Connor (Sun­day In­de­pen­dent, Oc­to­ber 7) makes the usual as­sump­tions that Bri­tish Brexit sup­port­ers didn’t know what they were vot­ing for. I voted Brexit, specif­i­cally to re­move the UK from a cen­trally con­trolled Eu­ro­pean su­per­state, re­claim Bri­tish sovereignty and re­gain con­trol over fi­nances, bor­ders and cul­ture.

Ire­land, on the other hand, was forced into a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum af­ter re­ject­ing the EU, and, af­ter an in­tense me­dia pro­pa­ganda ef­fort, voted in the EU-ap­proved way. (They’re cur­rently try­ing this gam­bit in the UK to re­verse the Brexit vote.) Ire­land is too small an econ­omy to sur­vive as an in­de­pen­dent en­tity. The his­tor­i­cal hos­til­ity to the Bri­tish has forced the Ir­ish into the grasp of the EU af­ter they com­pletely screwed up its ‘Celtic Tiger’ econ­omy, with Ir­ish tax­pay­ers be­ing com­pelled to take on the debts of Ir­ish and for­eign banks. With no other op­tions, the Ir­ish were forced to bend over and com­ply.

Lau­rie Ry­der, En­nis, Co Clare for the ‘Neil Fran­cis Col­umn’. His lat­est ar­ti­cle (Sport, Sun­day In­de­pen­dent, Oc­to­ber 7) de­voted to the mem­ory of a great rugby man, Ned Thorn­ton, has fi­nally, caused me to ‘break-cover’. Pat Man­ton, Bish­op­stown,


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